Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Gouldings Campground View Monument Valley Utah

8 X 10 Oil on Canvas panel $125
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We are staying in a historical campground that was started by Harry Goulding and his wife "Mike" back in the 1920's. Back then they constructed a trading post and conducted business with the local Navajo Indians. In 1938, in a desperate attempt to bring financial relief to the suffering Monument Valley area, Harry and Mike appealed to Hollywood and convinced John Ford that their beloved Valley would be the perfect location for his next film. Less than a month later, John Ford and his crew began filming "Stagecoach" with John Wayne - the first of nine classic Ford films shot in Monument Valley. And many more movies have been made and are still being made here.
This view is what I see every evening from our camper, and I am really enjoying our "down" time here where I can paint at leisure. Tomorrow we move to Moab for some more artistic stimulation.
I have to add that the Navajo people that live here have been the most courteous, helpful and informative folks we have met anywhere. I am woefully ignorant of their history and present situation, but everyone I question has been patient, friendly, articulate and informative - and proud of their past and looking forward to their future.
Psalm 79:8
Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.
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1 comment:

Roxanne Steed said...

These paintings from your trip have been amazing!! love 'em!